- How Can I Make My Yard Safer and More Pleasant for my Dog?
If you’re lucky enough to have an enclosed yard for your dog, you may want to take a few simple steps to make it even safer and more pleasant for your pet. Start by picking up any debris and carefully checking the fence for holes. You may also want to consider investing in an invisible […]
- What are the Benefits of Microchips and How Do They Work?
One of a pet owners greatest fears is getting separated from their pet. Now, many shelters and veterinarians are installing identification chips on pets. It’s a hi-tech way to resolve the separation anxiety of losing a pet. A microchip implant is a tiny integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog or cat. The […]
- Weather Precautions
Just as we care for ourselves differently at different times of the year, we should be sensitive to our dog’s needs during colder and warmer weather conditions. COLD WEATHER CARE Well-nourished dogs, are better prepared to withstand the rigors of winter, particularly if housed outdoors. Outdoor dogs normally need more food to generate enough energy […]
- Home Safe Home
Even pets that spend most of their time indoors may be exposed to a number of potential hazards. The following list will help keep your home safe and sound for your dog or cat. Be aware of the plants you have in your house and in your yard. The ingestion of a poisonous plant can […]
- Poisonous Plants
Some of the following plants can be toxic to your dog. Check with your veterinarian before having them in your home. * Aloe Vera * Apple (seeds) * Apricot (pit) * Autumn Crocus * Baby’s Breath * Branching Ivy * Buddhist Pine * Calla Lily * Ceriman * Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves) * Cineraria […]
- Dog Nutrition Basics
Your pet’s nutritional health depends on receiving the correct amounts and proportions of nutrients from the six required groups: water, protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins. With the exception of water, commercial dog and cat foods identified as 100% complete and balanced contain all of these required nutrients. Water Water is essential in helping regulate […]
- Facts about Feeding Dogs
Some dog owners forget that humans require a variety of foods to ensure the consumption of nutritionally balanced meals. A quality dog food has a proper balance of all the nutrients a dog requires together with a high level of palatability. Adding human food to a nutritionally balanced commercial dog food may upset the nutrient […]
- Comparing Dog Foods
Types of Dog Foods The three main types of dog foods are dry, soft-moist and canned products. These vary in a number of characteristics including moisture, cost, palatability and amount of nutrition delivered per pound or ounce of food. Evaluating a dog food should include consideration of all these factors. In spite of these variations, […]
- How Do I know if My Dog is Overweight?
Excess weight is a heavy burden for a pet to bear. When a dog becomes obese, additional stress is placed on the animal’s heart, lungs, and joints. So monitor your dog’s weight. You probably won’t convince him to step on the scale each morning, but you can periodically give him a quick examination. Here’s how. […]
- Why is Obesity so Dangerous for Pets?
Obesity is just as dangerous for pets as it is for humans. The extra pounds weigh on an animal’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems, exacerbating existing problems and causing new ones. Fat cats and dogs are also prone to injury, more at risk in surgery, and predisposed to conditions such as diabetes. And the laundry list […]